Bet Gonzalez vs. 'Action' in Tonight's Philles vs. Nationals

Jeff Grant

Thursday, July 31, 2014 1:28 PM GMT

Sports bettors need to be conscious of the MLB Trade Deadline Thursday, which provides MLB betting value in the marketplace to back the Washington Nationals over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Looking over its shoulder
Philadelphia has been consumed by trade rumors this month, which has led to a disappointing 11-15 record over that span, as it looks to bounce back from a 11-2 defeat to the New York Mets as +147 road underdogs Wednesday.

The Phillies are definitely sellers if the price is right to potentially ship off numerous players, which is important to consider when looking over the MLB betting odds, considering their bullpen has a 6.70 ERA in its last 15 contests.

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 19-28 versus division opponents during the 2014 campaign.

 

A loaded bullpen 
Washington paces the Senior Circuit with a plus-72 run differential, with the bullpen being one of he key components of putting up that number, as it starts this series at Nationals Park with a 2.85 ERA.

Closer Rafael Soriano has been rested the last two days, but he’ll be ready to shut the door in the ninth, as he’s worked scoreless relief in 37 of 42 overall appearances this season.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 29-19 as home favorites of -150 to -175, with the OVER going 24-20-4 in that situation.

 

Lee
Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.78 ERA) isn’t a stranger in being moved around the Trade Deadline in his career, as he attempts to get back on track after allowing nine runs and 21 hits over his last 10.2 innings of work.

The left-hander is 3-1 with a 4.73 ERA in five road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .305 against him (.312 at home).

In 12 lifetime efforts versus the Nationals, Lee has registered a solid 6-4 record and 2.74 ERA.

 

Gonzalez
Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (6-6, 3.56 ERA) was handed a 1-0 road loss by the Cincinnati Reds last time out—continuing a pattern of receiving three runs or less of support in 11 of his last 12 trips to the mound.

The left-hander is 3-1 with a 3.62 ERA in seven home games, as he’s surrendered just a single home run in 37.1 combined innings.

Gonzalez has produced a 5-3 record and 2.48 ERA in nine career meetings against the Phillies.

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Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Nationals as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 12-2 in their last 14 games versus the Phillies—averaging 6.1 runs over that span.

It’s important to input your wager as Gonzalez versus Action, considering there’s a chance that Lee doesn’t make the start.

Free MLB Pick:  Washington Nationals (Gonzalez v. Action)